Stand-up comic Myq Kaplan has a knack for winning comedy contests: The rising comedian won NY’s Funniest Stand-Up Competition as part of the NY Comedy Festival, and “March Comedy Madness” at Carolines on Broadway. He was a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and Comedy Central’s “Open Mic Fights.” Earlier this year, Kaplan was given the “Emerging Comic Award” at NYC’s ECNY Awards. He has also performed on the New Faces show at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, as well as Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and Comedy Central Presents.
Which is why I think Kaplan, one of five remaining finalists on the seventh season of the NBC reality competition series Last Comic Standing, has a good chance to win America’s vote and take home the title. The voting has now ended, and he has already outlasted hundreds of other funny people from Los Angeles, New York City, and between. But Kaplan’s toughest comptetition remains: fellow finalists Mike DeStefano, Roy Wood, Jr., Tommy Johnagin, and Felipe Esparza are all in contention to be named “Last Comic Standing.”
I spoke with Myq (pronounced “Mike”) Kaplan before the winner of Last Comic Standing is revealed in the finale episode on Monday night on NBC. Read our Q&A to learn more about Myq’s comedy career, his experiences on the show, and the other reality show he auditioned for before Last Comic Standing.
Are you surprised to be in the top five finalists on this season of Last Comic Standing? When you set out to audition, did you honestly think, “I can win this. I can be the ‘Last Comic Standing’?”
Myq Kaplan: I honestly, from the beginning, had no expectations, because I know that comedy is subjective. If you talked to me beforehand, I would have said: “I’m as optimistic as you can be. I’ve been doing stand up for seven or eight years, and I’m happy with what I’m doing, with the way my career and my creation have been going.” So I was as cautiously optimistic as possible.
The best part about every contest that I’ve been in is, if they’re run well – obviously only one person wins, officially – but you’re in front of managers, agents, booking types from clubs, TV shows, that type of thing. Those people are there and seeing you do well. Regardless of who the “winner” is, everyone there is talented, hard-working, and wins. Read the rest of this entry »